Richard Bruton, Minister for Education, will ask the ASTI that English teachers be given a derogation to “avoid disadvantaging current students any further”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Education Richard Bruton will today call on the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) to suspend its opposition to junior cyc(...)

Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil’s education spokesman: ‘No child should be punished nor their exam marks put on a negotiating table.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil is calling on the Government to insist that thousands of junior cycle students will not lose 10 per cent in their English exams next summe(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton says there are no plans to amend the junior cycle to avoid students in ASTI schools losing 10 per cent of their marks. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has no plans to change the junior cycle to prevent thousands of students losing 10 per cent in their English ex(...)

Minister of State for Skills John Halligan and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the launch of the Action plan for Education at St Brigid’s School on Cork Street in Dublin.  Photograph: Alan Betson

A new Government plan aims to significantly increase the number of people registering for apprenticeship and training schemes in response to the grow(...)

Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University: “An immediate investment of at least €100 million is required for the third-level sector in the upcoming budget.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The fall of Irish universities in this week’s QS World University Rankings represents a “tipping point” for the third-level sector, according to Bria(...)

Students on the UCD campus in Dublin. Fiana Fáil’s Thomas Byrne said the previous Fine Gael-led government “did enormous damage to our education system”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil says the reintroduction of grants for thousands of postgraduate students is “absolutely essential”. Restoring the grants, axed during a (...)

Simon Coveney has used his powers under the planning acts to issue a draft ministerial direction ordering the council to remove the new zoning from the County Development Plan. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has blocked plans for a development of 500 houses and a new enterprise zone near Dunboyne, Co Meath, close to the D(...)

Senator Al Franken and actor Sarah Silverman  during the first day of the Democratic National Convention  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Turning Philly green There are plenty of Irish here in Philadelphia, notably Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. She attended a reception for the Irish com(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with French President François Hollande at a press conference in Government Buildings  yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In the glowing dawn of the new enlightenment, there was never going to be a row over the length of the summer break. A political golden age is upon u(...)

The danger for opposition figures in education has always been to over promise and that especially is the case in the area of funding for higher education.  Photograph: Frank Miller.

Doing the right thing in Irish politics frequently takes a lot of courage, but just sometimes requires a bit of good luck along the way. Richard Bruto(...)